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Steven Spence

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nerdy; stargazer; legend in my own mind; wannabe photographer, may post occasional spider pictures - you have been warned!

Occupation: IT Manager (at a large corporation)

Location: Germany

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Cream of the Crop: 08/14/2012

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2017-01-01 19:03:25 (79 comments; 11 reshares; 438 +1s; )Open 

A Good Start

I'm tired. It was a great start to the year for me. I spent the day at
the Bad Mergentheim "Wildpark" (a sort of zoo with large ranges; primarily European animals). It was below 0°C all day. I think the cold and walking through the park multiple times to observe the animals as much as I can wore me out. It was worth it for me though.

I hope you're off to a good start as well. I definitely hope 2017 will be better than 2015 and 2016.

special tag +Nikki C 

Link to Bad Mergentheim Wildpark: https://www.wildtierpark.de/

Most reshares: 41

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2017-01-02 18:19:51 (58 comments; 41 reshares; 850 +1s; )Open 

Timber Wolf

This is a Canadian timber wolf that I saw at the "Wildpark" yesterday. I'm still going through photos, but am happy so far.

Wolves are amazing animals, which I think have been unfairly demonized. They are important in nature and have even helped revitalize Yellowstone National Park.

This video helps explain why wolves as an apex predator make a difference. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysa5OBhXz-Q

Most plusones: 850

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2017-01-02 18:19:51 (58 comments; 41 reshares; 850 +1s; )Open 

Timber Wolf

This is a Canadian timber wolf that I saw at the "Wildpark" yesterday. I'm still going through photos, but am happy so far.

Wolves are amazing animals, which I think have been unfairly demonized. They are important in nature and have even helped revitalize Yellowstone National Park.

This video helps explain why wolves as an apex predator make a difference. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysa5OBhXz-Q

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2017-01-17 21:46:11 (13 comments; 2 reshares; 41 +1s; )Open 

*STEAM"

I am excited by this addition to the classic STEM. In addition to Science Technology Engineering and Maths now we have Art in the mix. I heartily endorse the power of visuals to bring science to more people. If you are good at drawing it is a fantastic way to capture what you're seeing whether it be astronomy, biology, geology, mathematics or any number of other fields.

Bonus: this article has a DIY project suggestion.

h/t +Kate Stone and +GotScience.org 

*STEAM"

I am excited by this addition to the classic STEM. In addition to Science Technology Engineering and Maths now we have Art in the mix. I heartily endorse the power of visuals to bring science to more people. If you are good at drawing it is a fantastic way to capture what you're seeing whether it be astronomy, biology, geology, mathematics or any number of other fields.

Bonus: this article has a DIY project suggestion.

h/t +Kate Stone and +GotScience.org ___

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2017-01-16 07:03:59 (32 comments; 7 reshares; 244 +1s; )Open 

Mondays

The moose has a good life and knows it. Thus begins another week of work for me much to the amusement of my antlered friend.

Have a great Monday!

seen at Bad Mergentheim Wildpark

Mondays

The moose has a good life and knows it. Thus begins another week of work for me much to the amusement of my antlered friend.

Have a great Monday!

seen at Bad Mergentheim Wildpark___

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2017-01-15 10:18:41 (31 comments; 3 reshares; 145 +1s; )Open 

Sunday Finest

This elegantly clad grey heron is out for a Sunday stroll through the fields.

Sunday Finest

This elegantly clad grey heron is out for a Sunday stroll through the fields.___

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2017-01-14 10:13:37 (61 comments; 17 reshares; 554 +1s; )Open 

It's That Day Again

It gets dark early here in the winter which is why this is not a bright photo of the lynx. I was still pleased to get it. I find it so intriguing how their ear tufts touch. I'm going to have to find some time to read about their function.

Happy #Caturday  !

It's That Day Again

It gets dark early here in the winter which is why this is not a bright photo of the lynx. I was still pleased to get it. I find it so intriguing how their ear tufts touch. I'm going to have to find some time to read about their function.

Happy #Caturday  !___

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2017-01-13 07:53:54 (41 comments; 11 reshares; 319 +1s; )Open 

Uhu

This is an "Eurasian Eagle-Owl" Bubo bubo. In German it has a simple name: Uhu. Normally I wouldn't see one in the daytime but this was at the Bad Mergentheim Wildpark so there were several Uhus in a large enclosure. To be honest I wouldn't see one at night either, but it would see me. They have great night vision and are virtually silent fliers.

I hesitated to publish another photo today for two reasons.

1. You've seen a lot of my photos from Bad Mergentheim (I went there 2x taking advantage of having time off from work and the weather)

2. there was an exciting announcement today about Red Seadragons. That's really more interesting than another photo of an owl. Here's the post introducing you to red seadragons: https://plus.google.com/+StevenSpence/posts/XqWKfPsWMjb

Uhu

This is an "Eurasian Eagle-Owl" Bubo bubo. In German it has a simple name: Uhu. Normally I wouldn't see one in the daytime but this was at the Bad Mergentheim Wildpark so there were several Uhus in a large enclosure. To be honest I wouldn't see one at night either, but it would see me. They have great night vision and are virtually silent fliers.

I hesitated to publish another photo today for two reasons.

1. You've seen a lot of my photos from Bad Mergentheim (I went there 2x taking advantage of having time off from work and the weather)

2. there was an exciting announcement today about Red Seadragons. That's really more interesting than another photo of an owl. Here's the post introducing you to red seadragons: https://plus.google.com/+StevenSpence/posts/XqWKfPsWMjb___

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2017-01-13 07:16:20 (25 comments; 10 reshares; 144 +1s; )Open 

Ruby Seadragon!

Researchers from Scripps Institute of Oceanography have discovered, described, and filmed a third species of seadragon. This one is a ruby seadragon. The two previously known seadragons are the leafy seadragon and the weedy seadragon. These are beautiful fish adapted to resemble seaweed. They are closely related to seahorses.

An article and video from Newsweek (it defaults to the European one for me so apologies if it doesn't work for you in another region)
http://europe.newsweek.com/bizarre-ruby-seadragon-filmed-wild-first-time-542142?rm=eu

Here's the open access scientific paper:
http://mbr.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s41200-016-0102-x

+GotScience.org +Jess Romaine +Kate Stone 

Ruby Seadragon!

Researchers from Scripps Institute of Oceanography have discovered, described, and filmed a third species of seadragon. This one is a ruby seadragon. The two previously known seadragons are the leafy seadragon and the weedy seadragon. These are beautiful fish adapted to resemble seaweed. They are closely related to seahorses.

An article and video from Newsweek (it defaults to the European one for me so apologies if it doesn't work for you in another region)
http://europe.newsweek.com/bizarre-ruby-seadragon-filmed-wild-first-time-542142?rm=eu

Here's the open access scientific paper:
http://mbr.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s41200-016-0102-x

+GotScience.org +Jess Romaine +Kate Stone ___

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2017-01-12 19:25:48 (6 comments; 4 reshares; 67 +1s; )Open 

We Leave a Lot of Trash Behind

It's amazing how much we leave behind wherever we go. Be it the ocean, Mt. Everest or even outer space we leave a lot of junk and debris. In space the debris can cripple a spacecraft or possibly kill a crew. Scientists are working on approaches to clean it up.

Will it clean up everything? Nope, but it is a start and could make an important difference in specific orbits.

We Leave a Lot of Trash Behind

It's amazing how much we leave behind wherever we go. Be it the ocean, Mt. Everest or even outer space we leave a lot of junk and debris. In space the debris can cripple a spacecraft or possibly kill a crew. Scientists are working on approaches to clean it up.

Will it clean up everything? Nope, but it is a start and could make an important difference in specific orbits.___

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2017-01-12 08:01:09 (69 comments; 7 reshares; 245 +1s; )Open 

Friends

I saw this pair of very handsome horses on a cold day.

Not a lot to say about the picture or the animals. I just liked the image.

+Aline van Wijk : I think you see this a lot more often than I do.

Friends

I saw this pair of very handsome horses on a cold day.

Not a lot to say about the picture or the animals. I just liked the image.

+Aline van Wijk : I think you see this a lot more often than I do.___

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2017-01-11 20:31:01 (31 comments; 2 reshares; 31 +1s; )Open 

Beekeepers are ornery

The blue comes from Aluminium and acidity but you'll have to read the article to find out which flower and which region produces blue honey.

Something I had never heard of before.

___Beekeepers are ornery

The blue comes from Aluminium and acidity but you'll have to read the article to find out which flower and which region produces blue honey.

Something I had never heard of before.

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2017-01-11 20:16:49 (10 comments; 7 reshares; 93 +1s; )Open 

This might be the best picture of the year. Certainly worth remembering that for all our differences all of humanity is on this tiny blue dot in the vastness of space. (Carl Sagan said it better but I leave that as an exercise for the reader).

Utterly cool image of the Earth –Moon system taken by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Amazing. We are still - for an other week, at least (as I write this January 10) a mighty and scientific people.

https://www.extremetech.com/extreme/242407-nasa-takes-photo-earth-mars___This might be the best picture of the year. Certainly worth remembering that for all our differences all of humanity is on this tiny blue dot in the vastness of space. (Carl Sagan said it better but I leave that as an exercise for the reader).

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2017-01-10 20:14:22 (38 comments; 7 reshares; 323 +1s; )Open 

Otter on Ice

She's a little intense. I'm not sure she enjoyed the ice. Normally otters are fairly playful and always cute.

To be honest I don't know if this is a female or a male otter.

I did manage to resist some bad puns. You can be proud of me.

Photo: seen at Bad Mergentheim Wildpark

Otter on Ice

She's a little intense. I'm not sure she enjoyed the ice. Normally otters are fairly playful and always cute.

To be honest I don't know if this is a female or a male otter.

I did manage to resist some bad puns. You can be proud of me.

Photo: seen at Bad Mergentheim Wildpark___

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2017-01-09 22:20:45 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 52 +1s; )Open 

+Kate Stone just released a book review about sex in the animal kingdom by Dr. Carin Bondar. It sounds truly fascinating!

+Kate Stone just released a book review about sex in the animal kingdom by Dr. Carin Bondar. It sounds truly fascinating!___

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2017-01-09 07:54:57 (65 comments; 9 reshares; 225 +1s; )Open 

It's Monday

Say "hello" to this Eurasian brown bear ( Ursus arctos arctos ). He looks a little sceptical about the coming week but that's normal on a Monday, isn't it?

Have a great start to the week!

seen at Bad Mergentheim Wildpark

P.S. For those of you in North America these brown bears are closely related to the Grizzly bears and Kodiak bears you know. A Grizzly bear is known in Latin as Ursus arctos horribilis . A Kodiak bear has the scientific name of Ursus arctos middendorffi. As you can see all three are simply subspecies of Ursus arctos.

It's Monday

Say "hello" to this Eurasian brown bear ( Ursus arctos arctos ). He looks a little sceptical about the coming week but that's normal on a Monday, isn't it?

Have a great start to the week!

seen at Bad Mergentheim Wildpark

P.S. For those of you in North America these brown bears are closely related to the Grizzly bears and Kodiak bears you know. A Grizzly bear is known in Latin as Ursus arctos horribilis . A Kodiak bear has the scientific name of Ursus arctos middendorffi. As you can see all three are simply subspecies of Ursus arctos.___

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2017-01-08 10:59:10 (29 comments; 5 reshares; 265 +1s; )Open 

Smug Looking Mouflon

European mouflon (Ovis orientalis musimon). He's looking pretty smug for some reason.

Have a great Sunday! I'm going to be lazy the rest of the day.

Smug Looking Mouflon

European mouflon (Ovis orientalis musimon). He's looking pretty smug for some reason.

Have a great Sunday! I'm going to be lazy the rest of the day.___

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2017-01-07 10:52:24 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 32 +1s; )Open 

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It's Caturday

This is an European Wildcat ( Felis silvestris silvestris ). It may look like a domestic cat but there are some morphological differences (stoutness, size, coat). These wildcats can interbreed with domestic cats ( Felis catus ) although the house cat was probably domesticated in the ancient fertile crescent area (Tigris, Eurphrates, and Nile) and spread from there.

Our many house cat breeds may be a result of some mating with various wildcats in Africa, Asia, and Europe.

Modern phylogenetics treats the domestic cat as a subspecies of the European wildcat and calls it Felis silvestris catus making the relationship clear.

There are several thousand of these wildcats in the Western part of Germany and populations are slowly increasing.

Additional information

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_wildcat
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phylogenetics

Photo
seen at Bad Mergentheim Wildpark

#caturday #wildcat #cat #nature___reshare to Cat Collection

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2017-01-07 10:51:56 (38 comments; 20 reshares; 387 +1s; )Open 

It's Caturday

This is an European Wildcat ( Felis silvestris silvestris ). It may look like a domestic cat but there are some morphological differences (stoutness, size, coat). These wildcats can interbreed with domestic cats ( Felis catus ) although the house cat was probably domesticated in the ancient fertile crescent area (Tigris, Eurphrates, and Nile) and spread from there.

Our many house cat breeds may be a result of some mating with various wildcats in Africa, Asia, and Europe.

Modern phylogenetics treats the domestic cat as a subspecies of the European wildcat and calls it Felis silvestris catus making the relationship clear.

There are several thousand of these wildcats in the Western part of Germany and populations are slowly increasing.

Additional information

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_wildcat... more »

It's Caturday

This is an European Wildcat ( Felis silvestris silvestris ). It may look like a domestic cat but there are some morphological differences (stoutness, size, coat). These wildcats can interbreed with domestic cats ( Felis catus ) although the house cat was probably domesticated in the ancient fertile crescent area (Tigris, Eurphrates, and Nile) and spread from there.

Our many house cat breeds may be a result of some mating with various wildcats in Africa, Asia, and Europe.

Modern phylogenetics treats the domestic cat as a subspecies of the European wildcat and calls it Felis silvestris catus making the relationship clear.

There are several thousand of these wildcats in the Western part of Germany and populations are slowly increasing.

Additional information

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_wildcat
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phylogenetics

Photo
seen at Bad Mergentheim Wildpark

#caturday #wildcat #cat #nature___

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2017-01-06 08:07:57 (64 comments; 6 reshares; 304 +1s; )Open 

Beaver on ice

This beaver just crawled out of the water onto the ice and paused for a minute, which gave me a good chance to get a portrait. I like it when my models are so cooperative. The beaver's fur and oil protect them from the water and the cold.

I'm heading back again today because we do have some snow on the ground and a forecast for a sunny day. We may even make it as high as -7C today, which would be good so I can get by with a sweater! I hate all the bulk of a heavy jacket and gloves, which I would have to wear if it were much colder.

Saturday and Sunday will probably be grey skies and more snow. I'm lucky that today is a holiday in my state (Bundesland), so I can take advantage of the opportunity. Who knows how many chances I'll get? I can't afford to pass it up.

Have a great Friday!


seen at Bad Mergentheim... more »

Beaver on ice

This beaver just crawled out of the water onto the ice and paused for a minute, which gave me a good chance to get a portrait. I like it when my models are so cooperative. The beaver's fur and oil protect them from the water and the cold.

I'm heading back again today because we do have some snow on the ground and a forecast for a sunny day. We may even make it as high as -7C today, which would be good so I can get by with a sweater! I hate all the bulk of a heavy jacket and gloves, which I would have to wear if it were much colder.

Saturday and Sunday will probably be grey skies and more snow. I'm lucky that today is a holiday in my state (Bundesland), so I can take advantage of the opportunity. Who knows how many chances I'll get? I can't afford to pass it up.

Have a great Friday!


seen at Bad Mergentheim Wildpark

I can already imagine the comments bc one is very obvious.___

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2017-01-05 10:34:40 (49 comments; 8 reshares; 327 +1s; )Open 

Mørty Møøse

I don't really know why the moose threw back its head like this for a brief spell. Maybe it wanted to use the tines of its antlers to scratch its back. Maybe it got a whiff of something and wanted to smell it better. Maybe it is a signal. Who knows what thoughts lurk in the mysterious mind of a moose?



Seen at Wildpark Bad Mergentheim.

repost due to prematurely hitting "share"

Mørty Møøse

I don't really know why the moose threw back its head like this for a brief spell. Maybe it wanted to use the tines of its antlers to scratch its back. Maybe it got a whiff of something and wanted to smell it better. Maybe it is a signal. Who knows what thoughts lurk in the mysterious mind of a moose?



Seen at Wildpark Bad Mergentheim.

repost due to prematurely hitting "share"___

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2017-01-04 10:19:52 (42 comments; 19 reshares; 532 +1s; )Open 

By Request: White Arctic Fox in Snowball Position

I got photos of three different foxes. This one was curled up the whole time, so all I have of it are these "snowball" type photos.

I'll post the other two foxes sometime later. I still have lots of animals to share (one each day) and possibly a series with wolves and crows if I can figure out how to tell the story with photos. I saw a very interesting interspecies encounter, but relating it may not be so simple on a GPlus post. I'll give it some thought.

Have a great Wednesday!

+fizixx : this one was for you.

By Request: White Arctic Fox in Snowball Position

I got photos of three different foxes. This one was curled up the whole time, so all I have of it are these "snowball" type photos.

I'll post the other two foxes sometime later. I still have lots of animals to share (one each day) and possibly a series with wolves and crows if I can figure out how to tell the story with photos. I saw a very interesting interspecies encounter, but relating it may not be so simple on a GPlus post. I'll give it some thought.

Have a great Wednesday!

+fizixx : this one was for you.___

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2017-01-03 10:33:54 (34 comments; 10 reshares; 254 +1s; )Open 

Lynx lynx

An Eurasian lynx (German Luchs ) seen at the Wildpark in Bad Mergentheim. Shy, silent creatures they are very difficult to see in the wild but at the Wildpark they come out to eat and sometimes to sun themselves. They are very beautiful creatures to observe. To give you an idea of the size this one was probably about 65-70 cm tall at the shoulder.

Lynx lynx

An Eurasian lynx (German Luchs ) seen at the Wildpark in Bad Mergentheim. Shy, silent creatures they are very difficult to see in the wild but at the Wildpark they come out to eat and sometimes to sun themselves. They are very beautiful creatures to observe. To give you an idea of the size this one was probably about 65-70 cm tall at the shoulder.___

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2017-01-02 18:19:51 (58 comments; 41 reshares; 850 +1s; )Open 

Timber Wolf

This is a Canadian timber wolf that I saw at the "Wildpark" yesterday. I'm still going through photos, but am happy so far.

Wolves are amazing animals, which I think have been unfairly demonized. They are important in nature and have even helped revitalize Yellowstone National Park.

This video helps explain why wolves as an apex predator make a difference. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysa5OBhXz-Q

Timber Wolf

This is a Canadian timber wolf that I saw at the "Wildpark" yesterday. I'm still going through photos, but am happy so far.

Wolves are amazing animals, which I think have been unfairly demonized. They are important in nature and have even helped revitalize Yellowstone National Park.

This video helps explain why wolves as an apex predator make a difference. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysa5OBhXz-Q___

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2017-01-01 19:03:25 (79 comments; 11 reshares; 438 +1s; )Open 

A Good Start

I'm tired. It was a great start to the year for me. I spent the day at
the Bad Mergentheim "Wildpark" (a sort of zoo with large ranges; primarily European animals). It was below 0°C all day. I think the cold and walking through the park multiple times to observe the animals as much as I can wore me out. It was worth it for me though.

I hope you're off to a good start as well. I definitely hope 2017 will be better than 2015 and 2016.

special tag +Nikki C 

Link to Bad Mergentheim Wildpark: https://www.wildtierpark.de/

A Good Start

I'm tired. It was a great start to the year for me. I spent the day at
the Bad Mergentheim "Wildpark" (a sort of zoo with large ranges; primarily European animals). It was below 0°C all day. I think the cold and walking through the park multiple times to observe the animals as much as I can wore me out. It was worth it for me though.

I hope you're off to a good start as well. I definitely hope 2017 will be better than 2015 and 2016.

special tag +Nikki C 

Link to Bad Mergentheim Wildpark: https://www.wildtierpark.de/___

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2017-01-01 00:36:03 (31 comments; 2 reshares; 150 +1s; )Open 

Happy 2017 from my little town

I tried to get some of the fireworks tonight. The idea was to photograph across the lake (frozen) towards the old church, but people shot off a lot of fireworks early and it was obscured in smoke quickly. This is one of the "early" photos before things got too bad.

Have a wonderful New Year's Eve celebration and a great 2017!

Happy 2017 from my little town

I tried to get some of the fireworks tonight. The idea was to photograph across the lake (frozen) towards the old church, but people shot off a lot of fireworks early and it was obscured in smoke quickly. This is one of the "early" photos before things got too bad.

Have a wonderful New Year's Eve celebration and a great 2017!___

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2016-12-31 14:50:35 (16 comments; 1 reshares; 66 +1s; )Open 

Winter Jewels

Nature gave me a lovely parting gift today. No, we still don't have snow. My hopes for wildlife in snow tomorrow are dwindling, but at least I could enjoy the fresh, crisp air, and myriad, scintillating ice crystals wherever I looked.

Have a wonderful New Year's Eve and a most excellent start to 2017!

Side note: I really wish now that I hadn't been a penny-pincher when buying my macro. I went for the non-IS version. Since I shoot hand-held I really need the IS function. I miss a lot of macro shots because I'm not as steady as I thought, so I compensate by shooting the same image 3x and hoping one turns out well. Hindsight is 20-20. This is known.

Winter Jewels

Nature gave me a lovely parting gift today. No, we still don't have snow. My hopes for wildlife in snow tomorrow are dwindling, but at least I could enjoy the fresh, crisp air, and myriad, scintillating ice crystals wherever I looked.

Have a wonderful New Year's Eve and a most excellent start to 2017!

Side note: I really wish now that I hadn't been a penny-pincher when buying my macro. I went for the non-IS version. Since I shoot hand-held I really need the IS function. I miss a lot of macro shots because I'm not as steady as I thought, so I compensate by shooting the same image 3x and hoping one turns out well. Hindsight is 20-20. This is known.___

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2016-12-30 14:49:17 (8 comments; 0 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

Maybe there are meaningful correlations here. Maybe not. Either way the maps provide some interesting insights.

Maybe there are meaningful correlations here. Maybe not. Either way the maps provide some interesting insights.___

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2016-12-30 14:47:55 (33 comments; 6 reshares; 164 +1s; )Open 

Productive Line of Thought

This kind of thinking (what can we make with available materials) may help the first bases be established efficiently.

Productive Line of Thought

This kind of thinking (what can we make with available materials) may help the first bases be established efficiently.___

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2016-12-29 20:34:11 (14 comments; 1 reshares; 36 +1s; )Open 

Off to Middle Earth

Thanks +Tina Vesić for the inspiration. I'll drop by Rivendell and have some scone and tea with Agent Smith before visiting Lothlorien.

I know nothing.

Off to Middle Earth

Thanks +Tina Vesić for the inspiration. I'll drop by Rivendell and have some scone and tea with Agent Smith before visiting Lothlorien.

I know nothing.___

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2016-12-29 10:39:59 (36 comments; 0 reshares; 154 +1s; )Open 

Hanging Around

There haven't been many posts from me lately. I finally feel like I'm beginning to decompress. The mad run up to Christmas Eve/Christmas is over, we've done all the various get-togethers, special meals, concerts, etc.

I've now had two days to sleep as much as I want. The first day I felt drunk and sort of "out of body" after all that sleep. The second day was much milder. I'm beginning to feel like a person again and not just some machine that has to keep functioning.

What's next? Ok. there will be obligatory socializing on New Year's Eve, but feeling refreshed now I think I may actually tackle a few letters that I didn't manage before Christmas, go watch Rogue One, finish a book, maybe write an article, and hopefully go photograph some animals in the snow on 1. Jan. 2017 (fingers crossed on the weather and... more »

Hanging Around

There haven't been many posts from me lately. I finally feel like I'm beginning to decompress. The mad run up to Christmas Eve/Christmas is over, we've done all the various get-togethers, special meals, concerts, etc.

I've now had two days to sleep as much as I want. The first day I felt drunk and sort of "out of body" after all that sleep. The second day was much milder. I'm beginning to feel like a person again and not just some machine that has to keep functioning.

What's next? Ok. there will be obligatory socializing on New Year's Eve, but feeling refreshed now I think I may actually tackle a few letters that I didn't manage before Christmas, go watch Rogue One, finish a book, maybe write an article, and hopefully go photograph some animals in the snow on 1. Jan. 2017 (fingers crossed on the weather and animals). Oh, and I get to make stuff for brunch with the neighbors. I have ideas to try out!! (I like to cook when I have time)

How are you doing? For those of you celebrating Christmas or Hanukkah - how were/are your days? Anything special planned for New Year's Eve?

The moose and I wish you some beautiful, restful days!___

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2016-12-25 22:56:55 (13 comments; 4 reshares; 106 +1s; )Open 

reshare to my Science and Nature Collection.

Great Book

A great present I received this Christmas was Polarlichter: Sonnenzauber am Nachthimmel (Bernd Römmelt). It seems to only be available in German. The photography is excellent. I hope one day when I get to go North in the winter time I'll be able to take a few good photos similar to these.

Below is a trailer Bernd made which will give you a good idea of the images (more stunning in print).___reshare to my Science and Nature Collection.

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2016-12-25 22:56:24 (0 comments; 8 reshares; 28 +1s; )Open 

Great Book

A great present I received this Christmas was Polarlichter: Sonnenzauber am Nachthimmel (Bernd Römmelt). It seems to only be available in German. The photography is excellent. I hope one day when I get to go North in the winter time I'll be able to take a few good photos similar to these.

Below is a trailer Bernd made which will give you a good idea of the images (more stunning in print).

Great Book

A great present I received this Christmas was Polarlichter: Sonnenzauber am Nachthimmel (Bernd Römmelt). It seems to only be available in German. The photography is excellent. I hope one day when I get to go North in the winter time I'll be able to take a few good photos similar to these.

Below is a trailer Bernd made which will give you a good idea of the images (more stunning in print).___

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2016-12-19 22:41:05 (13 comments; 5 reshares; 146 +1s; )Open 

Steller's Sea Eagle

seen at Volerie des Aigles, Alsace France in March 2016

Steller's Sea Eagle

seen at Volerie des Aigles, Alsace France in March 2016___

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2016-12-18 15:32:34 (8 comments; 3 reshares; 128 +1s; )Open 

Milvus migrans

Black kite Milvus migrans seen at the Volerie des Aigles, Alsace France in March 2016.

Milvus migrans

Black kite Milvus migrans seen at the Volerie des Aigles, Alsace France in March 2016.___

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2016-12-18 15:30:39 (5 comments; 1 reshares; 79 +1s; )Open 

Standing In There

Sometimes it is hard to hold your ground when a large raptor is flying at you even though you know it is at a falconry show.

I really enjoy watching these birds and I guarantee you they watch back. It's intense at times.

A black kite Milvus migrans seen at the Volerie des Aigles in Alsace, France back in March 2017.

Standing In There

Sometimes it is hard to hold your ground when a large raptor is flying at you even though you know it is at a falconry show.

I really enjoy watching these birds and I guarantee you they watch back. It's intense at times.

A black kite Milvus migrans seen at the Volerie des Aigles in Alsace, France back in March 2017.___

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2016-12-18 15:19:42 (23 comments; 10 reshares; 134 +1s; )Open 

Proud

An old one from the spring that I just now stumbled across again. too bad it was behind chicken wire.

Proud

An old one from the spring that I just now stumbled across again. too bad it was behind chicken wire.___

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2016-12-16 22:57:44 (15 comments; 5 reshares; 163 +1s; )Open 

Socratica: Astronomy Series

This is a pretty good one to start with. Some other topics from the series are white dwarfs and black holes. I believe they have nine videos in this series so far.

Socratica: Astronomy Series

This is a pretty good one to start with. Some other topics from the series are white dwarfs and black holes. I believe they have nine videos in this series so far.___

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2016-12-16 22:48:56 (11 comments; 10 reshares; 132 +1s; )Open 

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The great team at +Socratica have a new video series out on DNA. Kimberly Hatch Harrison explains the DNA structure simply. I learned about the 3' to 5' shorthand and also got to watch assembly with a 3D- pen. It looks to be a good series (just like the one's they've done on astronomy and algebra).

check them out on their YouTube channel too: https://www.youtube.com/user/SocraticaStudios

#DNA #molecularbiology  #STEM  

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The great team at +Socratica have a new video series out on DNA. Kimberly Hatch Harrison explains the DNA structure simply. I learned about the 3' to 5' shorthand and also got to watch assembly with a 3D- pen. It looks to be a good series (just like the one's they've done on astronomy and algebra).

check them out on their YouTube channel too: https://www.youtube.com/user/SocraticaStudios

#DNA #molecularbiology  #STEM  ___

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2016-12-15 23:06:31 (6 comments; 1 reshares; 37 +1s; )Open 

Just for comparison. This is what the moon over an industrial landscape can look like on a phone without me going wild boosting noise and converting to an impressionistic style. It really was a great moon.

Just for comparison. This is what the moon over an industrial landscape can look like on a phone without me going wild boosting noise and converting to an impressionistic style. It really was a great moon.___

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2016-12-15 22:55:19 (11 comments; 1 reshares; 69 +1s; )Open 

Moon Over Industrial Landscape

I saw a great moon low on the horizon tonight. The only camera I had was my smartphone so I went with that. Looking at the photo I had an idea to really push things, get a bit impressionistic, and make something colorful out of it all.

Definitely a fun change of pace for me.

+Jacob Dix < because fun photography with a mobile phone
+I am not Alice << because I could.

Moon Over Industrial Landscape

I saw a great moon low on the horizon tonight. The only camera I had was my smartphone so I went with that. Looking at the photo I had an idea to really push things, get a bit impressionistic, and make something colorful out of it all.

Definitely a fun change of pace for me.

+Jacob Dix < because fun photography with a mobile phone
+I am not Alice << because I could.___

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2016-12-15 20:15:28 (17 comments; 6 reshares; 166 +1s; )Open 

dies natalis solis invicti

+Jonathan Trinastic explains the science behind the winter solstice. It's accompanied by a beautiful photograph from GPlus' own +Kathleen Milks and an analemma. Don't know what an analemma is? Take a look here and find out about ancient civilizations and the sun while you're at it.

+GotScience.org  #winter   #solstice    #seasons   #orbit  +Kate Stone 

dies natalis solis invicti

+Jonathan Trinastic explains the science behind the winter solstice. It's accompanied by a beautiful photograph from GPlus' own +Kathleen Milks and an analemma. Don't know what an analemma is? Take a look here and find out about ancient civilizations and the sun while you're at it.

+GotScience.org  #winter   #solstice    #seasons   #orbit  +Kate Stone ___

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2016-12-13 20:26:09 (17 comments; 7 reshares; 116 +1s; )Open 

2016 Book Recommendations

The +GotScience.org team has been busy reading and reviewing some books for you in 2016. There are some fantastic books out there! We give you a sampling on our recommendation page.

shout out to +Kate Stone , +Jonathan Trinastic , +Norman Rusin , and +Jess Romaine  for working on reviews.

Also thanks to +Don Komarechka , Dave Hone (@dave_hone) and two outstanding science publishing companies +Bloomsbury Publishing and +Simon & Schuster Books (UK) for review copies and general support when we have questions about upcoming publications.

2016 Book Recommendations

The +GotScience.org team has been busy reading and reviewing some books for you in 2016. There are some fantastic books out there! We give you a sampling on our recommendation page.

shout out to +Kate Stone , +Jonathan Trinastic , +Norman Rusin , and +Jess Romaine  for working on reviews.

Also thanks to +Don Komarechka , Dave Hone (@dave_hone) and two outstanding science publishing companies +Bloomsbury Publishing and +Simon & Schuster Books (UK) for review copies and general support when we have questions about upcoming publications.___

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2016-12-06 21:59:54 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 90 +1s; )Open 

An Inspiring Book

It's not easy to make it in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) career. Many people find the math and science demanding. Mike Massimino shares his dream of becoming an astronaut and inspires with his persistence to overcome academic and physical hurdles.

It's a great book for anyone thinking about a STEM career or for that matter wanting to do something challenging in any domain.

read the review on +GotScience.org and feel free to ask me any questions you might have. I'll do my best to get back to you in a day or less.

#bookreview   #science   #space   #astronaut   

An Inspiring Book

It's not easy to make it in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) career. Many people find the math and science demanding. Mike Massimino shares his dream of becoming an astronaut and inspires with his persistence to overcome academic and physical hurdles.

It's a great book for anyone thinking about a STEM career or for that matter wanting to do something challenging in any domain.

read the review on +GotScience.org and feel free to ask me any questions you might have. I'll do my best to get back to you in a day or less.

#bookreview   #science   #space   #astronaut   ___

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2016-12-06 21:54:51 (14 comments; 11 reshares; 221 +1s; )Open 

reshare to my general science collection. #bees #pollination

Some Flower Really Want to Pollinate

Marie Davey's article taught me a few astonishing facts about pollination. Sometimes plants will only let strong bees shake the pollen loose, sometimes the plants slam pollen onto a bee.

Whether in flowers that withstand forces comparable to the average roller coaster, or in insects that resist the equivalent of a botanical slap on the back, the physics behind pollination represent a marvel of evolution and impressive resilience.

It is a short article and definitely worth a few minutes to read if you're interested in bees or pollination.

+GotScience.org +Kate Stone ___reshare to my general science collection. #bees #pollination

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2016-12-06 21:53:45 (11 comments; 14 reshares; 63 +1s; )Open 

Some Flowers Really Want to Pollinate

Marie Davey's article taught me a few astonishing facts about pollination. Sometimes plants will only let strong bees shake the pollen loose, sometimes the plants slam pollen onto a bee.

Whether in flowers that withstand forces comparable to the average roller coaster, or in insects that resist the equivalent of a botanical slap on the back, the physics behind pollination represent a marvel of evolution and impressive resilience.

It is a short article and definitely worth a few minutes to read if you're interested in bees or pollination.

+GotScience.org +Kate Stone 

Some Flowers Really Want to Pollinate

Marie Davey's article taught me a few astonishing facts about pollination. Sometimes plants will only let strong bees shake the pollen loose, sometimes the plants slam pollen onto a bee.

Whether in flowers that withstand forces comparable to the average roller coaster, or in insects that resist the equivalent of a botanical slap on the back, the physics behind pollination represent a marvel of evolution and impressive resilience.

It is a short article and definitely worth a few minutes to read if you're interested in bees or pollination.

+GotScience.org +Kate Stone ___

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2016-12-04 16:56:31 (20 comments; 0 reshares; 48 +1s; )Open 

Indulgence

Had a surprisingly tasty Italian meal in Baden-Baden after a violin-piano concert. I went with saltimbocca (veal, slices of ham on top, sage sauce) and had pasta substituted for potatoes (just didn't feel like potatoes that night). I ordered a red wine I don't often see here (Amarone - thanks +Mara Mascaro for introducing me to it) and followed-up with tiramisu. A most delicious meal!

Indulgence

Had a surprisingly tasty Italian meal in Baden-Baden after a violin-piano concert. I went with saltimbocca (veal, slices of ham on top, sage sauce) and had pasta substituted for potatoes (just didn't feel like potatoes that night). I ordered a red wine I don't often see here (Amarone - thanks +Mara Mascaro for introducing me to it) and followed-up with tiramisu. A most delicious meal!___

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2016-12-04 14:41:41 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 46 +1s; )Open 

Christmas Market Time

These are two of the photos from my visit to the Weihnachtsmarkt in Esslingen a few weeks ago.

By the way, I enjoyed the "Wilhelm Tell Trunk" (WTT) more than regular Glühwein. The WTT is a hot apple cider with a shot of whiskey. Quite tasty on a cold evening.

You can see the rest of the photos here: https://plus.google.com/+StevenSpence/posts/1gzVkU317kP

Christmas Market Time

These are two of the photos from my visit to the Weihnachtsmarkt in Esslingen a few weeks ago.

By the way, I enjoyed the "Wilhelm Tell Trunk" (WTT) more than regular Glühwein. The WTT is a hot apple cider with a shot of whiskey. Quite tasty on a cold evening.

You can see the rest of the photos here: https://plus.google.com/+StevenSpence/posts/1gzVkU317kP___

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2016-12-04 14:26:19 (16 comments; 0 reshares; 54 +1s; )Open 

Esslingen 2016

I had a good time dropping by the Christmas Market in Esslingen, Germany with +Tiffany Henry and +Andy Bohm a few weeks ago. Due to way too much work I couldn't get to the photos until now. I'm happy to say they turned out better than I thought when I shot them.

Definitely worth a visit if you get a chance. Esslingen is known for having a "medieval" theme. On the weekends during the daylight hours I think they even have a few swordplay for the kids. Like all Christmas markets it gets crowded but it is a fun visit for me anyway.

Esslingen 2016

I had a good time dropping by the Christmas Market in Esslingen, Germany with +Tiffany Henry and +Andy Bohm a few weeks ago. Due to way too much work I couldn't get to the photos until now. I'm happy to say they turned out better than I thought when I shot them.

Definitely worth a visit if you get a chance. Esslingen is known for having a "medieval" theme. On the weekends during the daylight hours I think they even have a few swordplay for the kids. Like all Christmas markets it gets crowded but it is a fun visit for me anyway.___

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2016-12-02 08:07:36 (22 comments; 6 reshares; 116 +1s; )Open 

Science communicators are critical connecting nodes between scientists and the rest of the world.

Training science communicators will become increasingly important as technology enters all aspects of our lives. Science and technology move forward faster and faster. Without science communication, a huge gap opens up between research and the public - including policy makers.

We need people who can take the sometimes dry, formal results published by scientists and technologists and help communicate the remarkable, fascinating results in language that engages the general public and policy makers.

h/t to +Emily Rhode 

+Kate Stone and +GotScience.org  #scicomm

Science communicators are critical connecting nodes between scientists and the rest of the world.

Training science communicators will become increasingly important as technology enters all aspects of our lives. Science and technology move forward faster and faster. Without science communication, a huge gap opens up between research and the public - including policy makers.

We need people who can take the sometimes dry, formal results published by scientists and technologists and help communicate the remarkable, fascinating results in language that engages the general public and policy makers.

h/t to +Emily Rhode 

+Kate Stone and +GotScience.org  #scicomm___

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2016-12-01 08:04:39 (16 comments; 2 reshares; 55 +1s; )Open 

Golden Morning

Even now with temperatures well under null C and most of the trees barren, the birch greets me some mornings with myriad dancing gold points of light. All it takes is a little sunshine to brighten the rest of the day.

Golden Morning

Even now with temperatures well under null C and most of the trees barren, the birch greets me some mornings with myriad dancing gold points of light. All it takes is a little sunshine to brighten the rest of the day.___

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2016-11-29 21:43:56 (20 comments; 12 reshares; 304 +1s; )Open 

I like the sound of #TrilobiteTuesday! 

It's time for #TrilobiteTuesday! Despite a strikingly similar morphological profile, it's obvious that not all trilobites looked the same. Some trilobites had eyes… some didn't. Others possessed long, flowing genal spines while others displayed little more than vestigial stumps. Certain species featured posterior appendages comprised of sharply pointed spikes, while others exhibited tail spines that occasionally exceeded the length of their entire bodies. Some trilobites were designed like a hydrodynamic rocket ship while others resembled nothing more than a primordial meatloaf. A few early species, such as this Lower Cambrian Olenellus fowleri from the Pioche Shale of Nevada, even featured multi-segmented opistothorax, which provided bold evidence of the trilobites' even more primitive, worm-like predecessors: http://bit.ly/2gFm2Gd___I like the sound of #TrilobiteTuesday! 

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